18-year-old shot and killed by officers after CATS bus shooting

- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in northeast Charlotte.

Officers responded to the 7700 block of N. Tryon Street around 10:14 p.m. Thursday, June 2 in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon.

The caller told police that a man had been shot while riding a CATS bus and the suspect, Rodney Rodriguez Smith, got off and began walking inbound on N. Tryon Street.

When officers arrived they found Smith walking on N. Tryon.

Officer Michael Bell and Garret Tryon approached him and noticed he had a handgun. Smith, 18, fired one shot at officers and the officers fired multiple shots at Smith, according to detectives.

Medic arrived on scene and pronounced Smith deceased.

The officers were not injured.

The shooting victim was taken by Medic to CMC with a non-life threatening injury. He and Smith knew each other, according to police.

CMPD said as is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident. Per department protocol, the officers will be placed on Administrative Leave which is standard procedure. 

Officer Bell has been employed with the CMPD since September 14, 2009 and Officer Tryon has been employed since October 21, 2013, both are currently assigned to patrol in the University City Division.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

CATS made the following statement: 

"On the evening of June 2, a shooting occurred on an in service Charlotte Area Transit System Route 11-North Tryon bus.  CATS is cooperating fully with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and their investigation, and any video from the CATS bus will not be released until CMPD completes this investigation or authorizes its release. As always the safety of CATS’ passengers and employees remains our number one priority."



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